Reese Witherspoon Donates to Classroom Organization Amid Draper James Giveaway Controversy

Amid the fallout from the Draper James giveaway, Reese Witherspoon is turning her focus to teachers.

The actress and Draper James founder is donating to DonorsChoose, a nonprofit that allows donations to be given directly to public school classroom projects.

A DonorsChoose spokesperson told E! News, “Reese and Draper James have made a donation to DonorsChoose that will support all of our highest-need teachers in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Nashville, and many more throughout the country, as they work to educate their students while schools are closed.”

The spokesperson continued, “These teachers will receive education funding grants they’ll be able to spend on resources such as books, basic classroom supplies, art supplies, activity kits, and food, all shipped directly to their students’ homes. When we surveyed our teachers, they estimated that 68% of their students don’t have the essentials to continue learning at home, so these educational “care packages” will help bridge the gap in providing students resources they’d normally get at school.”

As you may remember, Witherspoon’s last effort to give back was met with a few ruffled feathers. Draper James announced then that they wanted to give teachers a free dress. However, the company only had 250 dresses and had over 1 million applications. Teachers who didn’t win the dress were controversially given a 30 percent discount code sent to the email they used to submit the application.

(E! News)